In our opinion: Improvement in DUI prevention, enforcement still needed

Utah's record on DUI prevention, enforcement is a mixed bag of encouraging statistics, discouraging numbers.

In our opinion: TSA audit reveals major flaws in security protocols

Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security reassigned the acting director of the TSA. Hopefully this time the change will make a difference. A recent TSA audit revealed inept procedures... Read more »

June 3, 2015


In Our Opinion: Decisions on Salt Lake's homeless services have compelling points of view on all sides of the discussion

The issue of where and how to offer centralized services for Salt Lake City’s homeless population has compelling points of view on all sides of the discussion. Resolution will require strong... Read more »

June 2, 2015


In our opinion: Anthrax episode reveals danger in government's flawed agent-handling knowledge

Much of the work of handling dangerous materials, such as anthrax, is kept secret out of necessity. But that secrecy is necessary only to the extent that it keeps the nation’s enemies from... Read more »

June 1, 2015


In our opinion: Digital citizenship — merging youths' social media 'know-how' with parents' 'know-when' and 'know-why'

National Edition

Digital literacy is a key component to the education of our youths, as evidenced by its inclusion in Common Core. However, digital ethics need to be in the mix as well for youths, who spend more... Read more »

May 31, 2015

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In Our Opinion: Benefits of budgeting include discipline, not deprivation

Studies show that 1 in 3 U.S. adults carry credit card debt month to month, while 1 in 3 do not put any income toward retirement savings. Budgeting is a step to feeling secure that many overlook... Read more »

May 30, 2015


In Our Opinion: IRS data breach is intolerable — and the woes only seem to be worsening

The IRS announced that more than 100,000 tax filers had their electronically filed income tax returns stolen by cyber thieves this year. There is plenty of evidence the IRS has been failing on this... Read more »

May 29, 2015


In our opinion: Reducing minor drug-crime penalties may help at state prison, but adds to county jail overcrowding

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Legislation passed this year to reduce criminal penalties for minor drug crimes will alleviate pressure on the state prison system, but it will create new pressure on county jails, which already... Read more »

May 28, 2015


In our opinion: Congressional Demos shouldn't derail president's fast-track trade authority

President Obama’s trade agenda, which we support, has encountered virulent opposition from his own party, which has done everything it possibly can to deny him the fast-track authority that... Read more »

May 27, 2015


In our opinion: CDCU helps rebuild distressed communities, one house at a time

The Community Development Corporation of Utah has rebuilt more than 400 homes and constructed another 160 new homes, helping more than 5,000 low- to moderate-income families in 120 communities. Read more »

May 26, 2015

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In Our Opinion: More than a holiday, Memorial Day should be an 'honor' day

Memorial Day is about honoring priceless service. The great conflicts of history were fought and won by everyday men and women who exhibited extraordinary courage and valor, many of them paying the... Read more »

May 25, 2015


Your future Utah needs your input now — participate in Envision Utah's online projections

Envision Utah's "Your Utah, Your Future" online survey allows participants to submit preferred outcomes overall and in 11 areas such as air and water quality, education and transportation for 2050. Read more »

May 24, 2015


In our opinion: The opportunities and challenges of linking social media and wildlife

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When used correctly, social media may be a species-saver and help with crowdsourcing for funding. But not all experts are keen to list animals and their tracking data online. Read more »

May 23, 2015

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In Our Opinion: Hatch-Cardin bill to make permanent a law allowing religious organizations to bring non-ministerial workers into the U.S.

National Edition

A bipartisan measure before Congress deals with a small but significant component of immigration policy. The Hatch-Cardin bill will make permanent a law allowing religious organizations to bring... Read more »

May 22, 2015


In our opinion: Clinton Foundation's financial practices haven't been just a partisan concern

With Bill and Hillary Clinton insisting there is no proof of wrongdoing or law-breaking with questionable Clinton Foundation financial practices, the foundation has changed its policy to limit... Read more »

May 21, 2015


In our opinion: Recent Kathmandu, Baltimore responses show need to measure social progress, not just economic growth

National Edition

The Social Progress Index is on the right track to understanding and learning from the experiences of Kathmandu and Baltimore so that public policy can become increasingly effective in promoting... Read more »

May 20, 2015


In our opinion: Teacher evaluations a welcome move to enhance consistency in how educations are rated and rewarded

The State Board of Education has approved guidelines for evaluating teacher performance, a system that bases 70 percent of a performance score from the principal's observations, 20 percent on... Read more »

May 18, 2015


In our opinion: Study cites excessive online gaming, pornography as creating a 'crisis of masculinity'

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In his new book, “Man (Dis)Connected,” psychologist Phillip Zimbardo explores technology’s role in the lives of today’s young men. What he finds is a digital struggle... Read more »

May 17, 2015


In our opinion: Utah to begin mandating some meningitis vaccinations, but more is needed

In Utah, children entering the seventh grade next school year will be required to get meningitis vaccinations. While the vaccine to be used is effective against strains A, C, Y and W, another... Read more »

May 16, 2015

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In Our Opinion: Digital demands are on the verge of outpacing current infrastructure

We are starting to reach the point where researchers are unable to get any more data into a single optical fiber and current cables are approaching their physical limits. Efforts should be made to... Read more »

May 15, 2015


In Our Opinion: Lessons to be learned from Baltimore are more than racial

It is difficult to identify racism as a primary motivator for what happened to Freddie Gray in Baltimore and the unrest in the aftermath of his death. We need to look at the issue of police... Read more »

May 14, 2015


In Our Opinion: We welcome an audit showing the true costs, benefits and projections for the Draper prison site

We welcome an independent audit of consultant projections that the Draper prison site is more financially beneficial for high-tech development than to house a prison, despite the benefits the... Read more »

May 13, 2015


In Our Opinion: Upward mobility study ranks Salt Lake City in top 3 metro areas

The Equality of Opportunity Project involved the tracking of millions of families over a period of years and uncovered a direct link between a child’s future earnings and the specific place... Read more »

May 12, 2015


Future of NSA's 'metadata' collecting lies squarely at Congress' feet

Thanks to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the question of whether the federal government may continue collecting “metadata” from nearly every phone call made in the United States... Read more »

May 11, 2015


In our opinion: Even though your situation may not be ideal, don't overlook Mother's Day ideals

For varied reasons of personal struggles, Mother's Day may send some into disappointment, discouragement and even despair. Whatever one’s own challenges, please consider the positives and... Read more »

May 10, 2015


In our opinion: FBI's forensics debacle — over hair and fiber testimonies for 20 years — must never be repeated

Reports three years ago stated FBI hair and fiber experts knowingly provided erroneous testimony in hundreds of cases over a two-decade period. Last month, the FBI and Justice Department admitted... Read more »

May 9, 2015


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